karatechampRevolutionary Concepts has given their lovingly-crafted iOS port of the classic fighting game Karate Champ [$2.99] a new update which adds support for Retina Display graphics, 4-inch wide screens, and iOS 7. The original Karate Champ launched in arcades back in 1984, and was one of the forefathers to the fighting game genre. It's not your typical fighting game though, with health bars and crazy special moves. Rather, it's a much more tactical affair more akin to an actual karate competition. The iOS version was recreated with an incredible attention to detail back in 2010, and we really enjoyed being able to carry around this classic in our pocket. The game has been stagnant since then though, so it's refreshing to see it still getting some love after all this time. Here's a couple comparison screens so you can see Karate Champ in its previous blurry form and its new high resolution, widescreen updated form.

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My one complaint, and I feel bad about complaining at all about such a pleasantly surprising update, is that the joysticks and faux arcade machine are not in high resolution, and compared to the crispness of the actual game portion it really sticks out. I remember the painstaking lengths Revolutionary Concepts went to to draw the joysticks just right, so it might not be such an easy feat to redraw them all over again in high-res. Anyway, the rest of the game looks just great, and is just as difficult as it ever was. A similar update is in the pipes for the iPad version Karate Champ XL [$4.99 (HD)] which has an awesome same-device two player mode, so keep an eye out for that, but if you're an iOS Karate Champ fan that felt like the game had been left behind, check out this new refreshed version.

  • Eseres

    HEEEEY!!! I remember playing that :D It was one of the most popular games on Amiga when i was a kid :D I think it was called "international Karate" or something like that. Or maybe it was a game that looked very much like this. I remember you had to defend yourself against bouncing fireballs and stuff by blocking with a shield. Anyways, the game was HUGE back in the days :D I simply just have to try this one, just for the sake of the ol' days :D

    I think they should port all those games from the 80's. Even though the graphics was nothing like in todays games, it would be so fun to see them again. I never owned a Amiga, but the kid next door had one, so we played all day long :)
    I had something called Texas Instruments and a game called Munch Man. A Pacman clone of some sort :D Kids today would have laught if they got an Amiga or Texas Instruments LOL!

    (All the sudden i feel like a dinosaur LOL)

    • Retro Nug

      You and me both pal! lol

  • Wizard_Mike

    Every time I see this game, I can't help but remember the scene from Bloodsport where Jean Claude Van Damme meets Ogre, lol.

    Yeah, that's right. Van Damme, arcade games, and Revenge of the Nerds all referenced in one sentence. If that doesn't evoke the 80's for you, then you just weren't there.

  • Bloodangel

    International karate was a different game... Karate champ was out before this. Then there was another similar... Way of the exploding fist. Loved the music on that

  • F34RTEHR34PER

    ugh... Trying to get blutrol/duo gamer to work with it lol